Second 59, strong play have Jelley brimming with optimism for pro future

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By Ken MacLeod

What’s in the water in Oklahoma? First Austin Eckroat shoots a record 61 at exceedingly difficult Oak Tree National. Fellow Oak Tree member Rhein Gibson (of River Oaks 55 fame) sets a new course record at Shangri-La this Saturday with a 12-under 60.

Eclipsing both those incredible scores was Brendon Jelley with a 13-under 59 in last Tuesday’s pro-am for the Supreme Lending Classic on the APT Tour Wednesday through Saturday at The Club at Indian Springs in Broken Arrow.

It was actually the second 59 for the 25-year-old Jelley, the former Jenks and Oklahoma State star now early in his professional career. He accomplished the feat in August of 2017 in a casual round with his father at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow. And yes, Cedar Ridge is also one of the toughest courses in the state.

Playing in a group that included The Club at Indian Springs owner Paul Glover, Jelley had to birdie the last four holes to achieve the magical 59. He missed the green on 17 but chipped in to keep hope alive.

‘They were all as excited or more than I was,” Jelley said. “There was a great reaction when I chipped in on 17. Then we all knew I had to birdie 18. I hit a good drive and had about 50 yards or so, and chipped it to about 3 inches. So there was no stress on the tap-in. It was fun, got to really enjoy it.

“Then I had an early morning tee time then next day so had to regroup. I came out hot and was 4-under through 5 holes, but just kind of tailed off and made a couple of bogeys. Since then I played real solid last three rounds.

The day after shooting the 59 (from the back tees and playing the ball down), Jelley opened the tournament with a 2-under 70, putting himself well behind the pace in what is essentially a birdie sprint. Yet he came roaring back with consecutive rounds of 67 followed by a closing 64 in which his putting had his playing partners shaking their heads in admiration.

Jelley birdied holes 9-13. On the par-5 15th, his second shot hit a tree and bounced into the ravine fronting the green, coming to rest on a downhill slope facing a steeply uphill third shot. His chip stopped 35 feet away in the fringe, and he rammed that in anyway for a birdie to get to 8-under.

His 20-under total tied for eighth, eight shots behind winner Derek Oland at 28-under.

Jelley won for the first time as a professional in an Outlaw Tour event in Arizona in September of 2019 and finished second in a Golden State Golf Tour event  in late April. Despite the lack of opportunity to advance this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he is having enough success to remain encouraged for the future.

Jelley, who is engaged to be married this fall, will play in the remaining APT events this summer and a few Monday qualifiers for Korn Ferry Tour events, as well as the Oklahoma Open.

“It’s just hard to find things to play in right now, but I’ll stay busy,” Jelley said. “I feel good about my game. I keep getting better each year. I’ve been playing really well the last six-to-eight months.  I found a couple of keys with my short game and my putting. I’m excited for what’s to come next. I think there’s a lot of potential and hope things can break my way.”

With the Canadian Tour shut down, the APT Tour is loaded with talent for 2020. Playing in the group behind Jelley were former OSU teammates Zach Bauchou and Hayden Wood. Players with PGA Tour (Trey Mullinax) and Korn Ferry Tour status were in the field just looking for a place to keep their game sharp.

“Everyone is just looking for a place to play and that makes these fields just saturated with talent,” Jelley said. “It’s cool, great for us and great for everyone to have the competition.”

Supreme Lending Classic, All Pro Tour
The Club at Indian Springs
June 15-18, 2020

POS
NAT
PLAYER
TOTAL
THRU
TODAY
R1
R2
R3
R4
STROKES
PURSE
1United StatesDerek Oland-28F-664646666260$35,000
2
Arrow Up

 1

EnglandGreg Eason-26F-767676365262$14,000
3
Arrow Up

 1

GermanyYannik Paul-23F-567666567265$7,400
T4
Arrow Up

 6

United StatesChandler Phillips-22F-771686265266$4,373
T4
Arrow Up

 6

United StatesMitchell Meissner-22F-769646865266$4,373
T4
Arrow Down

 2

United StatesBlake Elliott-22F-170646171266$4,373
7
Arrow Up

 2

United StatesNathan Jeansonne-21F-466686568267$3,655
T8
Arrow Up

 6

United StatesKyle Pritchard-20F-769647065268$3,402
T8
Arrow Up

 10

United StatesBrendon Jelley-20F-870676764268$3,402
T8
Arrow Down

 4

United StatesCurtis Reed-20F-269676270268$3,402
T11
Arrow Up

 11

United StatesPeyton Wilhoit-18F-767677165270$2,962
T11
Arrow Up

 7

GermanyJeremy Paul-18F-672676566270$2,962
T11
Arrow Up

 3

United StatesHayden Wood-18F-569706467270$2,962
T11
Arrow Down

 1

United StatesRyan Baca-18F-365706669270$2,962
T11
Arrow Down

 7

United StatesKyle Gaines-18FE65676672270$2,962
T16
Arrow Up

 2

MexicoAlvaro Ortiz-17F-563726967271$2,560
T16
Arrow Down

 2

United StatesHayden Foster-17F-466677068271$2,560
T16
Arrow Down

 12

United StatesMatt Mabrey-17F+168676373271$2,560
19
Arrow Down

 15

United StatesCorey Pereira-16F+268676374272$2,380
T20
Arrow Up

 2

United StatesBrax McCarthy-15F-472676668273$2,110
T20
Arrow Up

 6

United StatesJacob Solomon-15F-567716867273$2,110
T20
Arrow Up

 2

United StatesLuke Gannon-15F-468716668273$2,110
T20
Arrow Down

 7

FinlandToni Hakula-15F-167686771273$2,110
T20
Arrow Up

 23

United StatesLandon Lyons-15F *-972677163273$2,110
T25
Arrow Up

 1

ArgentinaSebastian Saavedra-14F *-469696868274$1,720
T25
Arrow Down

 7

United StatesGarrett May-14F-270696570274$1,720
T25
Arrow Up

 8

United StatesRylee Reinertson-14F *-567726867274$1,720
T25
Arrow Down

 11

United StatesZach Bauchou-14F-167716571274$1,720
T29
Arrow Down

 3

United StatesEric Ricard-13F *-369686969275$1,450
T29
Arrow Up

 4

United StatesJake McCrory-13F *-468716868275$1,450
T29
Arrow Up

 9

United StatesGrady Brame, Jr-13F *-668717066275$1,450
T32
Arrow Down

 6

United StatesPreston Stanley-12F *-272656970276$1,155
T32
Arrow Down

 6

United StatesZach Partin-12F *-269686970276$1,155
T32
Arrow Down

 6

United StatesTrent Whitekiller-12F *-271686770276$1,155
T32
Arrow Up

 1

United StatesAustin Jordan-12F *-369696969276$1,155
T32
Arrow Up

 13

United StatesZack Fischer-12F *-767717365276$1,155
T37
Arrow Down

 11

United StatesCory Churchman-11F *-170696771277$952
T37
Arrow Up

 1

United StatesHayden Springer-11F *-470697068277$952
T39
Arrow Down

 17

United StatesSteven Chervony-9F+267706874279$818
T39
Arrow Down

 2

GuatemalaJose Toledo-9F *-173666971279$818
T39
Arrow Down

 1

United StatesTaylor Bibbs-9F *-272657270279$818
T39
Arrow Down

 1

United StatesJon Trasamar-9F *-271667270279$818
T43
Arrow Down

 10

United StatesBrandon Baumgarten-8F *+166717073280$671
T43
Arrow Up

 2

United StatesHenry Westmoreland-8F *-370687369280$671
T43
Arrow Up

 2

United StatesZachary Olsen-8F *-366737269280$671
T43
Arrow Up

 7

United StatesScott Newton-8F *-572677467280$671
47
Arrow Down

 9

United StatesCody Burrows-7F *E70677272281$610
48
Arrow Down

 5

United StatesCraig VanHorn-3F *+369707175285$590
49United StatesBrandon Lee-1F *+371687375287$575
50
Arrow Down

 5

United StatesLogan McCrackenEF *+571657577288$560

 

 

 

 

 

 

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